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Old Posted Jun 26, 2009, 3:48 PM
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Post 19th Century Southern Ontario Part 4: Second Empire

19th Century Southern Ontario

Part 1: Georgian, Neo-Classical, Regency
Part 2: Gothic Revival
Part 3: Italianate
Part 5: Queen Anne, Romanesque
Part 6: Late Victorian urban housing



Part 4: Second Empire

The mansard roof characterizes Second Empire houses, otherwise they share many features with Italianate. The Second Empire and Italianate styles were popular around the same time as well, approximately from the 1860s to 1880s. In contrast to Italianate, there are very few Second Empire houses in rural areas. A Second Empire home was often associated with wealth, and there are many to be found in Southern Ontario's cities, especially Toronto.


Second Empire is somewhat rare in small towns, but excellent examples are out there.

St. Mary's


Paris




The Dresden example has been vandalized by a modern addition


Waterdown



Second Empire is a mainstay in Toronto's Cabbagetown

















Hamilton has some interesting examples

















Stratford


Woodstock


St. Catharines


London






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Loved all of these 19th century threads... The second empire homes are my favorite. In the first picture, imagine a dark and stormy night and you have a quintessential haunted house. They are great.
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This style is probably my favorite too.
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Nice pictures. These houses are nice. I don't think I've ever seen or noticed Second Empire rowhouses before; I always picture large houses on big properties, or commercial buildings.
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Loved all of these 19th century threads... The second empire homes are my favorite. In the first picture, imagine a dark and stormy night and you have a quintessential haunted house. They are great.
I always think of Second Empire haunted houses too.


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Nice pictures. These houses are nice. I don't think I've ever seen or noticed Second Empire rowhouses before; I always picture large houses on big properties, or commercial buildings.
Ottawa has a lot of Second Empire, in rowhouse form too.
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Second Empire totally reminds me of country homes in France. Excellent shots again!
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Second Empire might be my all-time favourite style... after deconstructionism...
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